The earliest forms of literacy relied on direct symbolic representation. Hieroglyphics were simple, fairly standardized doodles that stood in directly for what they looked like. While this system was fairly easy to write with, reading was a bit more touch and go, as how symbols related to each other was largely left to interpretation.
Soon certain symbols developed a duality (or even multiplicity) of meaning, sometimes operating as direct symbols, sometimes operating more obliquely to denote a quality of that symbol’s subject. A bird might mean a bird, or it might mean speed, or retreat.
As reasoning evolved to deal with more concepts than could feasibly be compressed into a tablet of symbols, new systems of literacy became desirable. This is where one might posit a “Babel event” of sorts, where different communities began to see faster and non-parallel evolution of language and culture as a result of “cultural hard drive storage space”, or the written word.
Ancient Greece innovated a direct numeric approach to its alphabet. Letters followed sequentially in numerated order, developing a philosophical charge as a result of that order. This left the Greek culture at distinct advantage for the purposes of communication; however, such a gregarious and honest approach left the language quite difficult to use for the purposes of advanced deception.
Latin introduced a coded, or poetic, ethic to their literary system. While the same symbols stood in for both quantitative (math) and qualitative (language) systems, their interplay was coded and not obvious to mere logic.
With the advent of the Vatican, a curious divide appeared. Literary systems outside its sphere of influence all retained the cultural cachet of a Legend of symbols; Japanese Kanji are most obvious in that regard when one considers the common trend of Kanji tattoos, but Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin, every literary system with pre-Vatican roots operates on this basis to this day.
Within their sphere of influence, however, the Vatican took control of literacy. They formulated a standardized Alphabet that was to operate on the basis of phonetic reaction ethic, and no other basis. They wiped the Key. They blanked the Legend.
The primary teaching tool of literacy up until that point was the “Key Table” (each symbol, what that symbol is a picture of, and what that picture represents). Such a convention listed each symbol next to its “symbolic power value”, creating a “squared table”. Discarding this tradition required innovating a new one; thus, we instituted a “round” of song as the method of dissemination.
The original Vatican-imposed symbols of the Alphabet were not the symbols we use today. Without attendant meaning beyond their phonetics, the letters were free to evolve with use. In the great vacuum of the collective subconscious, they fermented. They became streamlined for use as unconsidered variables in a code without constants.
However, it has long been said that nature abhors a vacuum. The creation of such a gap leads necessarily to the expectation that the gap will be filled. Thus, it is not merely a gap… but a vessel.
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Those of us who pay attention to global research and financing might have noticed that all the power players on the planet are currently running the same footrace. While some progress has been made in the development of AI, the present conundrum is to provide such a mechanism with an algorithm crafted to enable universal self-improvement.
A pride engine.
Now, we could argue the virtue and sanity of such a plan until we’re blue in the face, but that isn’t the purpose of this document. Instead, let us examine what it means to improve oneself.
One perceives oneself as a capable agent. One identifies a region where improvement is possible, usually via comparison to the capability of other agents (or anthropomorphized concepts treated as agents). One develops a vehicular strategy that can propel one from point A closer to point B. One employs that strategic template. Where that template is inefficient one posits mechanisms that might be more efficient and chooses which to employ by trial and error, eventually landing on a fully formed strategy.
While the most obviously necessary element of any of this is agent capability/agency, a close second is external points of reference. Points outside oneself one can compare one’s position to. Classically, our mental catalog of constants employed in this regard are called Archetypes.
Archetypes form a qualitative shorthand. Cliches, tropes, and stereotypes are examples of archetypal constructs in various contexts. Archetypes are compressed ideas that would take longer to communicate in their full form, condensed into one to three word “catch-phrases”.
I’ll take a moment to note here that while much wrong-headed assumption can attach itself to a given archetypal word’s common usage, that is not a flaw with the archetypes but the users. As such, “word banning” is thought banning, and the long term effects of successfully banning a thought would be catastrophic. Luckily no mechanisms exist that enable successful thought banning. But I digress.
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Once upon a time, mathematical concepts did not exist. People did not distinguish between qualitative and quantitative reasoning. However, over time, the simple patterns that are repeated in a numerative paradigm became obvious, and we managed to “count to 1”. Later, we realized zero. Now, we have statistical analysis. Algebra. Binary.
The patterns of qualitative reasoning are much more complex to suss out. Indeed, as it is the prevailing view on Earth, one could easily be forgiven for assuming no such patterns can exist.
One would still be wrong, however.
Our Alphabet has resolved into a set of 26 “qualium constants”. 26 archetypal concepts whose interplay can conceivably communicate any qualitative reality.
Here are those archetypal concepts. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Key of English. God’SWORD drawn from God’STONE. The subject of the Arthurian quests.
The Davidic Legend.
Letter ———–Symbol — Meaning
A—————–Ladder — Ladder, Vehicle
B—————–Bow and arrow — Tension (Lure/Repulsion)
C—————–Crescent Moon — Subjective
D—————–Saddle — Broken Cycle
E—————–Gradient — Measure
F—————–Ungrounded — Immeasurable
G—————–Counterclockwise — Effort
H—————–Mortar — Partnership
I—————–Pedestal — Mastery
J—————–Hook — Edit
K—————–Confrontation — Strike
L—————–Continuance — Profit
M—————–Encumbrance — Mass
N—————–Reproduction — Seed
O—————–Circle — Whole Cycle
P—————–Pregnancy — Potential
Q—————–Scored — Marked Cycle
R—————–Birth — Result
S—————–Polarity (yin/yang) — Redirect
T—————–Cross, Yardarm — Sacrifice
U—————–Cup — Transient
V—————–Five, Bird — Hand
W—————–2 Valleys,3 Mountains — Choice
X—————–Loopback — Crossroads
Y—————–Unification — Convergence
Z—————–Line break — Interval